Pink Floyd Legacy
Acclaim and honours
In 1980 The Wall won a Grammy for ‘Best Engineered Non-Classical Album’, and in 1982 the film of the same name won a BAFTA for sound. “Marooned” won a Grammy in 1995 for ‘Rock Instrumental Performance’. On 17 January 1996 Pink Floyd were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billy Corgan presented the the award to Gilmour and Wright, who remained onstage to perform an unplugged rendition of “Wish You Were Here”. Almost ten years later on 16 November 2005 they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, and presented with an award by Pete Townshend. Gilmour and Mason attended in person, explaining that Wright was in hospital following eye surgery, and Waters appeared on a video screen, from Rome. In a BBC radio interview shortly after the ceremony, Mark Radcliffe asked them if they were tempted to perform on the night, to which Gilmour replied that although they’d enjoyed Live 8, a performance for the award show would have been unlikely. In 2008 they were awarded the Polar Music Prize for their contribution to contemporary music. Waters and Mason were present at the ceremony, where they received the prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
The group has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States. Its members have benefited substantially from their musical activities. The Sunday Times Rich List 2009 ranks Waters at #657 with an estimated wealth of £85m, Gilmour at #742 with £78m, and Mason at #1077 with £50m. Wright does not appear on the list.
A number of notable musicians and bands from diverse genres have been influenced by Pink Floyd’s music. These include David Bowie, Blur, Tangerine Dream, Nine Inch Nails, Dream Theater, My Chemical Romance, Nazz, Queen, The Mars Volta, Phish, Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, and the Smashing Pumpkins. Italian composer and conductor Martino Traversa listened to the group as a teenager. The Pet Shop Boys paid homage to The Wall during a performance in Boston.
On 8 February 1995 the opening sequence of “Time” was played as a wakeup call for the crew of space mission STS-63.